Originally Posted by Ken.F
I have one of those. Be careful with the screws that lock the HDD cages in the chassis. The screws that ship with the case (red arrows) are too long and will hit the HDD in the top bay of each cage. I left the screws out for now. I thought about grinding the screws down or using washers under the heads if I can't find shorter screws. I just have to remember to keep the door closed before moving it until I figure it out.
Originally Posted by Mfusick
This is good to know. I almost ordered one of these. I think I will hold out and get another Norco.
That is good to know. I seen a video on another case similar to the the model and it has the same tabs to push to release the cage so I figured this would be the same and no screws were needed. I'll have to take a look should be here tomorow i'm sure I can figure something out. I do have plenty of screws I can try out since it sounds like they are needed to lock the cage in the case.
Originally Posted by Mfusick
No hijack here; your posts are most welcomed.
I did get the supermicroboard from Amazon, but I have not even opened it yet. This time of year I find myself outside doing a lot of work, plus the twins have been keeping me busy. I currently have another 4TB parity drive (new from newegg in box still) and a couple 3TB (Toshiba and Seagate) to expand to another parity and a couple more data drives.
My current Norco is totally full; all bays are populated.
My plan is probably going to be like yours. I have a few spare cases, and a few spare HDD cages, I probably will fabricate something to just sit on top of my server for now and go another 4 drives. I will secure it some way and just leave them open air cooled (cage has 120mm fan on front) for now. I will run the parity drives off the MOBO port (which spins down drives not used) and use the third IBM card (two Dell + IBM actually) to run the expansion 4 drives. I'll start with only two HDD's, since I already own them here now. I will add 2 more when needed, and when that fills up I will bite the bullet for another Norco case.
Truth be told I am waiting for free shipping or a 15% off server chassis coupon to buy. I have not seen the Norco4020 or 4220 for a deal recently. I'd even consider a 16 bay model, perhaps even 8 bays- if the price is right.
In your case you might be better off grabbing a cheap card from Andy Steb or Techmattr that is pre-flashed and using that as a second card. You can only pump so much through a single slot before you hit a bottleneck. Assuming you use another PCI express slot that should provide you additional bandwidth and alleviate the problem to some degree.
If you never access all drives at once (you run parity or anything?) you might get away with it, but even plex or MB3 server will scan all your drives at once on refreshes and stuff.
I totally understand I get caught up with stuff all the time and I don't even have any kids. My little expansion started back in March of this year and now it's September already haven't had time til now to really look through what I will need and everything.
It's been awhile since I seen that deal at Newegg. I haven't been looking but I do look at the emails when I get them and don't recall seeing anything like that for a long time. My 4224 was bought 3years ago on one of those deals for $380 shipped. The current deal is what almost $450 and then they give you $40 GC kinda why I went with the case I ordered.
Yea I figured the bottleneck would start somewhere around 26 drivers for a PCI-e 2.0 8x card if each drive can max around 150MB/s, most of mine can't but I just use that for the number for each one. I don't think it matters but that would be about 13 HDDs per SAS port if its a 8i was looking at a 16i as well which might work better for me until I upgrade but even though could be better but such a big difference in price. Might even have to buy a PCIe 3.0 -8x card when I get the CPU/MB. Yes I have Parity moving everything over to tRAID from RAID-F did some small testing but will be best. Figured I can move all my older HDDs in to the 2nd case and make that 1 array since I have 17 old drives and can hold 15 and ill just keep the 2 Parity drive for that setup in the Norco. Plus if I do a little cleaning up on those HDDs some moving around I really wouldn't need to have that Online all the time.
And will have a combo of Plex and MB3 server running on the machine as well. Looks like both are good at what they do. Would have to dig into them some more but did some light testing early this summer and both were great. I believe it looked like Plex was a little better for me when streaming multiple streams off the home network not sure if it was using more CPU cores compared to MB3 but thats another time when I did up the threads on those.